Lucia Gagliese

Lucia Gagliese, PhD

The primary objectives of the Cancer Pain Research Unit, Department of Anesthesia, are to better understand the causes and correlates of cancer pain, and the psychosocial impact of cancer pain on patients and family members.

Working from a biopsychosocial model of pain, our primary research interests include aging and life span developmental approaches, gender and age interactions, psychometrics and assessment (especially in vulnerable groups of older cancer patients), psychological factors (acceptance, anxiety, depression, demoralization, catastrophizing, etc.) and quality of life, end-of-life care, quantitative sensory testing and biopsychosocial correlates of functional recovery following surgery.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Age-related effects of perioperative NMDA-receptor antagonism on hyperalgesia, opioid use and pain
  • Age-related patterns in pain following breast cancer surgery
  • The assessment of pain in acutely confused elderly cancer patients
  • Age differences in cancer pain and psychosocial adjustment
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 22;:
Gagliese L, Gauthier LR, Narain N, Freedman T
Pain Med. 2017 Mar 03;:
Gauthier LR, Dworkin RH, Warr D, Pillai Riddell R, Macpherson AK, Rodin G, Zimmermann C, Lawrence Librach S, Moore M, Shepherd FA, Gagliese L
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2016 Jan 01;:1049909116672641
Mah K, Rodin RA, Chan VW, Stevens BJ, Zimmermann C, Gagliese L
J Pain. 2017 Mar 03;:
Mah K, Tran KT, Gauthier LR, Rodin G, Zimmermann C, Warr D, Librach SL, Moore M, Shepherd FA, Gagliese L
J Clin Oncol. 2004 Jul 15;22(14_suppl):8266
Rodin GM, Jones J, Rydall A, Moore M, Gagliese L
Palliat Support Care. 2015 Oct 20;:1-8
Gagliese L, Rodin R, Chan V, Stevens B, Zimmermann C
Psychooncology. 2015 Sep 18;
Gheihman G, Zimmermann C, Deckert A, Fitzgerald P, Mischitelle A, Rydall A, Schimmer A, Gagliese L, Lo C, Rodin G
J Palliat Med. 2015 Jun 12;
Seccareccia D, Wentlandt K, Kevork N, Workentin K, Blacker S, Gagliese L, Grossman D, Zimmermann C
J Pain. 2014 Apr 26;
Gauthier LR, Young A, Dworkin RH, Rodin G, Zimmermann C, Warr D, Librach SL, Moore M, Shepherd FA, Riddell RP, Macpherson A, Melzack R, Gagliese L
Support Care Cancer. 2014 Apr 5;
Nissim R, Rodin G, Schimmer A, Minden M, Rydall A, Yuen D, Mischitelle A, Fitzgerald P, Lo C, Gagliese L, Zimmermann C



Staff Scientist, Department of Anesthesia, Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesia and Psychiatry, University of Toronto